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Are workplace investigations confidential?

29th August 2019

During an investigation, the process, all written documents and all discussions will be kept fully confidential. The investigator will not discuss any details of the investigation with anyone outside of the investigative process.

Before commencing the interviews, the parties must confirm that they agree not to share anything that has been discussed within the session. The investigator will produce typed, summary notes, which will then be sent only to the party who was present within the interview to make any amendments/ additions that they so wish.

Following this, a written report will be produced and sent for the attention of the investigation commissioner. This will have been quality assured by one of CMP’s administrative team prior to being sent.

Although all discussions and documentation will be kept confidential during the investigative process, such evidence may be presented at a subsequent tribunal and may need to be shared if any laws have been seen to be broken.